Podcasts

Fant(ass)y Creatures

Join us today as we talk about the history and stories behind mythological creatures, and find out that they have real-life animal counterparts who are just as magical. With special guest Alex Shifman.

FOOTNOTES:

1. Bombardier Beetles

2. Warsaw Basilisk

3. Basilisk lizard running on water

4. Argentavis Magnificens

5. Terror Birds

6. Detachable penis

7. Horrible picture of a Stegodyphus lineatus spider being eaten by her babies

8. Atacama skeleton

9. Horrible picture of a "real" Jackalope (papilloma virus infected rabbit)

Go Home Nature, You're Drunk

We’re answering some of the weirdest questions about evolution and anatomy, like how do woodpeckers keep from scrambling their brains? What animals have not one, not two, but three vaginas? Why would a doctor want to sew your leg on backwards? Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: what are some of the most bodacious boobs in the animal kingdom. With special guests hosts of the podcast Ridiculous History, Noel Brown and Ben Bowlin.

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1. Weird woodpecker tongues

2. A kangaroo's three amazing vaginas

3. Elephant honkers

4. The Colugo Flying Lemur (who is not a lemur)

5. Woman whose organs were flipped

6. The popcorn-smelling Binturong

7. The dank Maned Wolf

8. The beautiful Snub-nosed Monkey

9. Pterosaurs were flying death machines

10. Video of the Iranian Spider-Tailed Viper

11. Video of the Mexican Mole Lizard

12. Katie's slideshow!

There Is No "I" In "Teamwork" But There Is An "Ewok?!"

We’re going to look at some wild animal teams, how they compare to humans, and what the robot-dominated future may hold! Discover this and more as we answer the age old riddle: what animal doesn’t feel pain and loves eating poop? With special guest comedian Blake Wexler.

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1. Dog frees friends from a kennel

2. Dog frees tied up dog

3. Do Dogs Know Other Dogs Are Dogs?

4. More info on nake mole rats than you even want to know
5. Naked mole rats eat poop

6. Zombees

7. Social spider web
8. Dogs and humans dream team defeat neanderthals

9. Cattle tyrant majestically riding a capybara

10. Devil's gardens

Adorable Animals Who Want To Murder You

Today we’re talking about some adorable animals who look so sweet and cute, and who want to murder you to death. We’re talking the most surprisingly scary animals you should be afraid of. Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: what the heck is catfish noodling? With special guest Sofiya Alexandra.

FOOTNOTES:

1. World's Weirdest: Killer Cone Snail

2. Noodling for catfish

3. Poison pass: the man who became immune to snake venom

5. Slow Loris

6. Platypus venom

7. leopard seal feeds photographer

8. Hippo's skull, showing the large canines and incisors used for fighting.

What A Tool!

Today we’ll be talking about tools! Tools of the trade, tools of torture, and tools of, well, hehe, you know. Bow-chika-wa-wah! What’s a butcher, a tailor, and a bendy-stick maker got in common? They’re all birds! Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: what’s the most humiliating thing to happen to an eel? With special guest Carmen Angelica.

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1. Bottlenose dolphins wielding sponges

2. Video of a tailor bird sewing leaves together

3. New Caledonian crows create their own hooks

4. The Brazen Bull torture device

5. Butcher bird impaling its prey

6. Macaques using human hair to floss

7. Palm cockatoos drumming to get the ladies

8. Elephant's big D energy

9. The weird world of dragonfly wieners

10. The woman who has trained herself how to run like a horse

Correction: Living root bridges are found in Meghalaya, Northeast India. 

David and Goliath

Today, we’re talking the classic tale of David and Goliath, unlikely matchups with even unlikelier conclusions. Discover this and more as we answer the age-old question: what’s the best way to round-house kick a wasp? With special guests Alex Schmidt and Dr. Greg Pauly. 

Real Life Superheroes!

Did you know there are animals out there with real comic-book super powers? And people with superhuman abilities? Today, we’ll be looking at the real life animal and human counterparts to famous superheroes, and maybe some super villains too. With special guest Soren Bowie. 

Aw, Rats!

Join us today as we look at some of the most mind-blowing, most important, and weirdest scientific studies that have been done on rats. Discover this and more as we answer the age old question: is there eternal sunshine of the spotless rat mind? With special guest comedian Pallavi Gunalan.

Transformers (Octopuses In Disguise)

Today we’ll be talking about SHAPE SHIFTERS, tales of terrific transformers who have some shocking before and after pics. What’s got two thumbs and started life out as a tiny donut? Can snails take laziness to a freaky new level? Humans and animals on the lam: how would you escape the heat? With special guests Anna Hossnieh and Shereen Younes of the Ethnically Ambiguous podcast. 

BONUS: Introducing Science Rules! with Bill Nye

Bill Nye is on a mission to change the world— one phone call at a time. On his new podcast, Science Rules!, he tackles the curliest questions on just about anything in the universe. Perhaps you’ve wondered: Should I stop eating cheeseburgers to combat climate change? How often should I really be washing my pillowcase? Can I harvest energy from all those static-electricity shocks I get in the winter? Science Rules! Is out NOW - find it in your favorite podcast app.